The Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr
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  • Davy M
    Prestwick, United Kingdom98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great early morning views
    Very lucky with the weather on a fantastic hike up to the Old Man, Cathedral and on through The Sanctuary. Car park was quiet at 0800. Sunshine came out as we neared the top. Back at the car by 1045 - just as the path up was starting to get busy (sadly including many with improper footwear).
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Wladislawa W
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It goes up and up and up and up
    There are stones arranged in a never ending staircase. The rock will only look pretty if you make it to the very top. But the sea view is pretty nice from the first viewing point. Not the best walk in cold rainy weather. If the weather is bad go to fairy glen or fairy pools, it’s not that cold and windy there.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Irene B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot harder than expected
    It was so cloudy and foggy the day we went and it is a tougher walk/climb than expected. I am unfit but my husband is fit and he found it challenging. The dog loved it though. Was still impressive, even if we didn't manage to see the man himself
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Justin M
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Life changing
    Outstanding visit to the jewel in the crown of Skye. Made the walk with three kids, the youngest being 6. This was such an inspiring place that will live with us for years to come. We took our time and was about 2-2.5 hours in total. Only issue was the people using drones.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Benjamin C
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely evening walk
    We walked the entire loop up and over the cliffs. Absolutely beautiful from bottom to top. We had a really peaceful 20 minutes at the top with no one else there. Going on a sunny evening was a great idea. It was steep and sweaty but well done and easy to follow
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Occasional Traveller
    Warwickshire, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning - don't miss this!
    This hike was the highlight of our trip to Skye. It wasn't an easy climb, but absolutely stunning views from bottom to top. We are not especially fit, but it took us about 50 minutes to go up (we didn't do the last ten minutes to view from above) and it was much quicker going down. We started out at 5pm (a Sunday in June) and there were hardly any other people by the time we reached the top. The path is easy to follow (unlike Quirang!)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Jue17
    Darlington, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous!
    A truly beautiful place, magical in fact. We visited on an overcast day and it was quite damp up there. All of a sudden a mist came down and over us quite quickly and the whole place felt eerie. The mist started to thicken into fog quite rapidly so we headed back down. A really special place. We all enjoyed it!
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Lander V
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful trail
    This is not an easy walk up but wow what a view once you get there! On the last meters, we took a right to take the 7km path, it’s away from the people and into beautiful landscape! It’s a high climb and going down isn’t easy but I can definitely say it’s the best trail of our stay in Scotland.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • HansUSA1979
    Rock Hill, South Carolina86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike. Worth the effort. Windy just below summit. Hold on to your hats (and everything else)!
    We were lucky with the weather when we did this hike. Mostly sunny although a bit windy. There is a section just before reaching the top where we really had to be careful due to high winds. We took the longer but less steep way up and down. Busy at car park. Worth the effort for sure!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Ryan
    Mammoth Lakes, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Strenuous Hike, Worth Seeing if in Good Physical Shape
    One of the things about Skye that tour books etc don't tell you is that many of the best attractions require a hike, and good physical fitness. Old Man of Storr is one of them and if you can't do the hike, you miss out on seeing this unique feature, though from certain places it can be seen from Portree, and possible the Isle of Raasay with binoculars. There are two ways you can go, sort of. One is an interpretive trail that loops out from the main trail, and meets back up with the main trail. It saves no effort and just adds distance and time to your hike, though there are a lot of informative signs if you have the time and interest. The sign classifies the trail as moderate, but that is only that one trail, you then must take the steeper trail to the viewpoint. The sign at the beginning is deceiving and incorrect. The main trail is 1.5 miles, not 1 mile, though it's correctly classified as Strenuous. If you take the interpretative trail + main trail up and the main trail down, it's probably 0.25 miles longer. The hike down is much quicker, but pretty tough because gravity is pushing you down. Wear sturdy shoes, tie them tightly and PAY ATTENTION. I am an avid hiker and mountain biker in good shape. This hike was very tough for me. Most of the trail is on stone steps, some of which can be very high. It's very steep in many spots and seems to never end. There is a lot of exposure so it can be very cold and windy. Taking your time can make this much more pleasant. In my case, I had a dinner reservation and two mobility challenged folks waiting for me in the car so I had to move with a purpose. If you are insistent on making it to the top, give yourself 2.5-3 hours, so that you can take breaks and recharge. I was able to complete it in 1.5 hours. I spent maybe 5-10 minutes at the top and that was enough.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
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Glenn K
London, England, United Kingdom67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Well worth the hike up to 466m. Amazing views everywhere. The rock pinnacles are very impressive and with a bit of effort you can get to the base of the Old Man of Storr. But note that the Storr valley has it sown micro climate and can get very wet and windy there. The well worn path is being renovated near the top section with big slabs so should be much easier to travel. Best times are early in the morning as it gets busy by mod-day - hundred or so people by then...
Written September 6, 2020
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Matthew A
Corby, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Amazing experience walking up to The old man of storr, the views were breath taking. The only downside is when getting towards the top the path was extremely slippery so I’d recommend you take well gripped walking boots. It also is getting extremely popular with a lot of tourists so I’d maybe try and get there early morning to avoid the crowds
Written September 5, 2020
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colehill chancer
Ferndown, UK195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
It’s been said countless times before but this is one of the classic Skye views and a must do for any itinerary. Coming up from Portree there is plenty of parking on the road (payable) if the main car park is full. Sadly the trees, and what would once have been a lovely wooded area at the start of the walk, have all been cleared. After a short walk the path splits right or left. For the best views across the valley take the left hand path - we did and were the only ones on it. The path eventually ends and you are then have to work out your own way if you want to further and beyond the stack itself. It would be worth doing this for the classic view but as this last section is hard going we opted not to go any further. You should come dressed prepared for quick changes in the weather; warm clothing and sturdy footwear are a must. The car park machines take cards so no need to worry about having enough change.
Written August 4, 2020
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JCLogan
Kelso, UK604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
When you arrive there is a pay and display car park although this is being extended at the minute. The entrance to the walk is clearly signposted. Make sure you have good footwear as the path up is quite tricky in places. Near the top the path is still under construction but alternative pathways have been worn by walkers so it is quite easy to follow. The view from tbe top is spectacular. Make sure you leave plenty time to take photos and admire the view. It can be a very busy walk so i recommend getting there very early morning.
Written August 30, 2020
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Duncan McDonald
East Kilbride, UK135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Best attraction in Skye and well worth a visit. 6 Kilometres outside Portree there is a excellent new car park (£3 for 3 hours) and the path leads up to the base of the Old Man of Storr. The left hand path may be longer but is more gradual in its ascent so suited us. It is a strenuous uphill walk (especially if you are in your late 60's as we are) but taken slowly it is a great experience. The patch is gravel for the first half and then stones forming steps for the second half. At the top of the walk there is grass areas perfect for picnics and also walking to other rocks nearby if you have the energy. The views are wonderful of the Old Man of Storr and also out across the sea to the islands of south Uist. I would strongly recommend this to all visiting Skye and hope to visit it again when I return.
Written May 20, 2021
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Lisa McLauchlan
Edinburgh, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We booked Skye this year as soon as we knew the COVID restrictions were lifting as desperate to get out of Edinburgh.
Climbing to The Old Man of Storr was on our to do list after friends visited in February.
It was a great walk but I regret not taking a bag with more water. My 7 yr old son and I made it to the foot of the famous rocks and my husband to the top vantage point. His pics were awesome.
Regret not wearing wellies or walking boots as path slidey going back down. And it was really muddy too where they have started making another footpath.
The weather was kind to us but would urge people to go prepared. The weather can change very quickly.
The islanders have clearly had enough of tourists abandoning their cars everywhere causing havoc for them to get around. We saw a lot of new car parks being built at tourist Beauty spots and there is a charge. Storr was one. You have to pay for so little on Skye as the must see and do things are outside so we didn’t mind paying.
Written August 2, 2020
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Helen Mugridge
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We were wondering how we could do a long walk for more than 6 hours (this is what the maximum time for parking was stated on every website we looked out). However, when we arrived it stated on the notice by the machine that we could pay £7 for up to 12 hours parking so this is what we did. We left the car park at 5.30am for sunrise and stayed out until a blizzard set in at 3pm! A great day with stunning scenery and we were glad we didn;t have to fret about having aparking ticket on our return!
Written March 17, 2022
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NellyandFatBob
Carnoustie, UK127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Our experience was slightly marred by the weather so that is the main reason why this got 3 out of 5. The only day we had allotted to do this was a particularly wet and misty day we could not see the old man of Storr at all from either Portree or from the car park. Despite that we enjoyed a very steep walk up the hill to the point where the new Path and steps are going. Unfortunately there had been two days of constant rain and this meant that the path was like a quagmire. There were very muddy and slippy areas to try and pass the works being done and it was quite tricky to pass beyond the new steps.. We soldiered on the ridge towards the Old Man but unfortunately when we got there we couldn’t see the Old man despite standing at the bottom of it!

You will need to take strong walking boots and be prepared for the weather conditions. The council are in the process of building a new car park and toilets at the base of the Storr and it will be fantastic when finished but unfortunately the car park is only half done and the toilets are not yet finished. This is a recurring problem that we had on Skyethat there were no toilets available or if they are, they are closed due to COVID.
Written October 9, 2020
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Lindsaym
Glasgow, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We arrived and paid for the parking on site, we arrived late morning and were one of the first cars, but when we left the car park was full. No toilets here.

The hike up is steep and difficult, when you think you're fitter than you are, this hike gives you a reality check! The midgies were pretty bad in parts, and the path near the top was really muddy and under construction. Be prepared for the elements as well and bring layers! We didn't go all the way to the top, stopped about 3/4?? of the way up where the land flattens out before the rest of the incline. The views are phenomenal, truly stunning to see how rugged it is on one side and then the loch's in the distance!

This took us close to 2 hours (over an hour up and the rest down). Our dog loved this hike as well!
Written September 17, 2020
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Yoonah K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I went with my friend who came all the way from America! Nowhere does it tell you that you have to walk an HOUR so if you are disabled or can’t walk then don’t go. Also there is no cable car or accessible way to go there and if it’s cloudy forget it. Overall the whole isle of Skye is a complete scam and tourist trap. You couldn’t even park anywhere for free which is complete opposite from everywhere else in Scotland. Every single restaurant and cafe had lines out the door in the pouring rain and everything was extremely expensive so they are taking advantage of tourists.

Everything you had to walk ages to get to. Even the fairy pools. Don’t go
Written February 26, 2024
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